Sobral is a city in Ceará.
The state´s biggest economy outside the capital, the heat of this city keeps most tourists away. It could, however, be a nice off-the beaten-track stopover on your way to Jericoacoara. Bring repellant, as mosquitos are plentiful, although not really annoying.
 Get in
Easily accessible by bus from Fortaleza (several companies, every hour, 4 hours journey), or, in the other direction, Teresina. Daily minibuses (except Sunday) to Jericoacoara (change to 4x4 at Jijoca) at 11:00 from Churrascaria o Nunato opposite the bus station. (This ride can take up to 4 hours, as it stops everywhere.)
 Get around
Mostly walkable, or mototaxis take you virtually anywhere within the city for R$ 3-4.
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Sobral has its share of colonial architecture. Mostly its churches, notably the cathedral, and also along the Avenida Dom José. More modern lines can be found along the river, including the Biblioteca Municipal, built on the grounds of an old cat food factory.
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Stroll along the riverfront between the two bridges.
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Many smaller businesses close for lunch.
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Watch out for the local specialty panelada, mostly made from pork tripes.
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 Get out
Serra da Meruoca is refreshing. 1 hour by pick up truck (leaves as soon as it fills up) from Sobral´s Mercado.